Italian auction house Urania offers art by Frank Hampson, Milo Manara and many more

The clock is ticking down to the latest auction by the Italian Urania Auction House, which features some stunning selected works of major international artists from the end of the 19th century to the present day – including a “Dan Dare” page from the story “Safari in Space“, one of the last drawn and credited to Frank Hampson.

The auction also includes a page of “Billy the Kid“, drawn by Don Lawrence, which appeared in the Sun comic, cover dated 12th May 1959, published by Fleetway in the UK.

A "Dan Dare" page from the story "Safari in Space", one of the last drawn and credited to Frank Hampson, a story on which he was assisted by Don Harley, Keith Watson and Gerald Palmer

A “Dan Dare” page from the story “Safari in Space”, one of the last drawn and credited to Frank Hampson, a story on which he was assisted by Don Harley, Keith Watson and Gerald Palmer

A page of "Billy the Kid", drawn by Don Lawrence, which appeared in the Sun comic, cover dated 12th May 1959, published by Fleetway

A page of “Billy the Kid”, drawn by Don Lawrence, which appeared in the Sun comic, cover dated 12th May 1959, published by Fleetway

Included in this incredible auction is some simply gorgeous work, by great artists such as Arthur Adams, Paolo Bacileri, Steve Bissette, Sal and John Buscema, Caesar Curt, Guido Crepax, Floyd Gottfredson, Milo Manara, Hugo Pratt, John Romita, and Nestor Redondo, among many, many others, in a general catalogue that features 323 lots of original works, including artworks from graphic novels, comic strip, Disney stories, and historical illustrations.

"The King and the Child", a fairy tale illustration by Goliath (Eugenio Colmo) in the 1910s

“The King and the Child”, a fairy tale illustration by Goliath (Eugenio Colmo) in the 1910s

An original illustration created by Caesar Curt for the science fiction story "... here speaks Mars", published episodically in the Intrepid (Issues 26 to 35) by the Universe Publishing House in 1950. The very first works of the German master, it's signed with the pseudonym of Jack Away, probably to hide his uncomfortable nationality in the immediate post-World War Two period.

An original illustration created by Caesar Curt for the science fiction story “… here speaks Mars”, published episodically in the Intrepid (Issues 26 to 35) by the Universe Publishing House in 1950. The very first works of the German master, it’s signed with the pseudonym of Jack Away, probably to hide his uncomfortable nationality in the immediate post-World War Two period.

Original cover made by Gamba (Francesco Leg) for "The Mysterious Apparition", published in the series Billy Colt the rival of Kinowa Issue 9 from the Dardo, in 1951

Original cover made by Gamba (Francesco Leg) for “The Mysterious Apparition”, published in the series Billy Colt the rival of Kinowa Issue 9 from the Dardo, in 1951

Original illustration by Gino Pallotti, probably as a cover for the Intrepido, created in the 1960s

Original illustration by Gino Pallotti, probably as a cover for the Intrepido, created in the 1960s

Original illustration created by Crepax for the story "The Window on the Square" by Louise Marchi, published in Novella magazine in 1962

Original illustration created by Crepax for the story “The Window on the Square” by Louise Marchi, published in Novella magazine in 1962

Original cover made by Pino D'Angelico for Classici Audacia #55, published by Mondadori in 1967

Original cover made by Pino D’Angelico for Classici Audacia #55, published by Mondadori in 1967

A pin-up of The Hulk by Sal Buscema

A pin-up of The Hulk by Sal Buscema

Original title page created by Buscema for "Time And Time Again!", in The Avengers #267 by Marvel in 1986, inked by Tom Palmer

Original title page created by Buscema for “Time And Time Again!”, in The Avengers #267 by Marvel in 1986, inked by Tom Palmer

Daily strip number 1429 for "Axa", a science fiction strip published in The Sun between 1978 to 1986, created by the Spanish master Romero. This episode appeared in 1983

Daily strip number 1429 for “Axa”, a science fiction strip published in The Sun between 1978 to 1986, created by the Spanish master Romero. This episode appeared in 1983

Original illustration by Arthur Adams in July 1993 for the promotion of the first appearance of "Monkeyman and O'Brien" in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #80 in December of the same year

Original illustration by Arthur Adams in July 1993 for the promotion of the first appearance of “Monkeyman and O’Brien” in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #80 in December of the same year

The catalogue, available online and in print or PDF, features sections dedicated to the animated feature film La Rosa from Bagdad and one to the famous Venetian illustrator Giorgio De Gaspari; and a separate presentation dedicated to Bonvi (Franco Bonvinci), offering 62 original comic artworks.

Original illustration made by De Gaspari during the late 1980s for an unpublished project dedicated to the Alice of Lewis Carroll

Original illustration made by De Gaspari during the late 1980s for an unpublished project dedicated to the Alice of Lewis Carroll

An unnumbered and out of series, strip by Bonvi for the Sturmtruppen, created in 1974. A piece that is representative of the master from Modean's output

An unnumbered and out of series, strip by Bonvi for the Sturmtruppen, created in 1974. A piece that is representative of the master from Modean’s output

Original art created by Bonvi for the Nick Carter story, "In search of the Lost Heir", published for the first time as a special register (supplement to No. 7 of Titì) by Cenisio in 1975

Original art created by Bonvi for the Nick Carter story, “In Search of the Lost Heir”, published for the first time as a special register (supplement to No. 7 of Titì) by Cenisio in 1975

These will be works that represent the best of Bonvi’s entire production, from the famous Sturmtruppen to Nick Carter, from the Stories of Deep Space to Milo Marat, Marzolino Tarantola and more.

• The Urania auction will be held in Lucca during the famous comic-con Lucca Comics and Games at from 2.00pm on Wednesday 30th October 2019 | Auction room: Domus Romana
Via C. Battisti, 15 – Lucca (Italy) | Viewing: Lucca Comics and Games Wednesday 30 October, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

• View the catalogue online via www.uraniaaste.com/en

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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